The man known as “Zeus” during his days as a captain and linebacker at the University of Missouri is looking to make an impact in the XFL. Eric Beisel was among the players on-hand for the XFL Showcase over the weekend in St. Louis.
“I just love this game,” Beisel said. “I feel like I have a lot more left to give that I haven’t quite had the opportunity to give back to yet. I love the sport. It’s been a dream of mine to play professional football and I’ve bounced a few different leagues now and I’ve proved myself at a lower level and I’m ready to take that next step and do what I do in the XFL.”
After Mizzou, Beisel played for the Birmingham Iron of the now defunct American Alliance of Football (AAF) and Team Power in the Your Call Football (YCF). He is confident the XFL has what it takes to succeed moving forward.
“The competition is up there,” Beisel said. “A lot of competition, that’s part of it but the other part of it is the coaches are legit. A lot of the coaches I’ve seen with other teams and I’ve played for in other leagues. A lot of those guys are coming together and I think they’re going to do this thing right.”
Besides performing in the showcase, Beisel has already been in contact with some of the coaches and personnel staff from the teams. Now it’s a matter of wait and see if he’s made a strong enough impression to be selected in the XFL draft.
“St. Louis is my hometown,” Beisel reminded. “A lot of people from St. Louis are going to understand, there’s a certain loyalty to St. Louis that you have when you were raised and grew up here and the connections you’ve developed and the relationships you have here. But I would just love the opportunity to play in any city and any place I wind up, I’m going to give it my best and hopefully put that team in a chance to compete for a championship.”
A Rockwood-Summit graduate, Beisel spends some of his time training in California, but is still back home on a regular basis and trains at Lou Fusz Athletic, formerly known as Rams Park and site of the XFL Showcase.
“I spend a lot of my time here in the offseason,” Beisel shared. “I love training and they love having me here. Tomorrow morning, I’ll be here.”
And as one of the STL-natives, Beisel has had to field the question over and over again as to if his city deserves or will support another football team.
“St. Louis is ready and they’ve always been ready and St. Louis deserves a football team,” Beisel said. “We have the best fans around. I’ve been around that and I’ve been a part of that.”
“Not just a great football town, but just a great city in general. Great people, awesome restaurants, awesome places to hang out, great social atmosphere.”